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N OTHING can be more thoroughly unsatisfactory or dissenters would rest satisfied with this Bill they were mistaken. N disheartening than the relations of the Clergy to When they gained the outposts they certainly would not relax Education. They are losing ground everywhere, and yet are their efforts in gaining the fortress. Their success would stimuunwilling to admit it. Dr. Irons, no mean judge, asserts late to further victory, and they would work until they had swept that during the last two years, there have been blotted a'way the last remnant of the religious inequality which at out 20,000 places previously recognized by Government as present defiles and disgraces this land of ours.The serious efficient schools-many of them, no doubt, Christian. In practical point for wise and open-eyed Churchmen to consider other words the School Board system is surely destroying is,—whether it is now worth while to lay out money in churchvoluntary schools both right and left. And many Bishops building or church-restoring at all,-money which will either and “Liberal” Clergy are practically conniving at their advantage such worthies as Mr. Latham, or only help to enrich destruction. In due time both Town and Country Parsons Dr. Tait's worthless and Erastian “ Church of the Future.” will reasonably get tired of the unceasing cry—“Give, give, give!” And, one by one, Church schools will go. Roman Catholics will thus eventually suffer likewise. For if the THE dangers of the present Ecclesiastical position, having Established Church is beaten; their own less influential com- 1 recently been put before Archbishop Tait, by a Highmunion will not be able to maintain its present educational Church relation of His Grace's, coupled with the remark that position very long. Let the Cardinal and his provincials look | “many influential laity had resolved to find no more funds to this at the coming elections. As to financial demands on for Church purposes," the Archbishop is reported, poohthe general public in the shape of rates, the Registrar- | poohing the notion, to have remarked that “the Ritualistic General asserts that the population of England is increasing folks would bear a deal more squeezing yet; for they did not four-fold, so that at the end of the next generation we shall appear to own a grain of principle; as the more closely they have 7,000,000 of children to provide for. Now 7,000,000 were pressed, the more ready they now appeared to throw children means £14,000,000. Thus, whatever money has aside practices which only two years ago they maintained to been borrowed with which to build schools, must be paid, be essential,--an assertion which gave the Bishops a world of and it means, therefore, an expenditure of £28,000,000 per trouble.” There is of course some truth in His Grace's annum, at the end of 30 or 40 years—a pleasant prospect shrewd remark—as recent advice given by our penny Church certainly. Those who have brought about this new state of contemporaries to their dupes proves. On the other hand things are Dissenters, Doctrinaires and “Godless Philoso we know that a west-county peer of the Diocese of Exeter, phers.” And their obvious aim is to destroy True Religion a munificent Churchman, has resolutely buttoned up his and overthrow the Established Church. Within the last pockets; and, when in another diocese the Vicar of Brighton month a School-Board orator urged upon his excited hearers asked Mr. Barchard for financial aid, that gentleman, the solemn duty of temporarily bearing the burden of pointing to the P.W.R. Act, promptly and finally said "No." increasing the rates, for said he the heavier you now make them, the more ready will people be to overthrow and grasp the accursed riches of the bloated Establishment in order to ease LAS regards the Folkestone Case, the course of events has themselves of the burden." If men heeded warnings (which A furnished an excellent illustration of the maxim they do not) they would heed this. But Liberalism, License, "principiis obsta.Mr. Ridsdale, in his letter to the ArchRadical Ritualism and Indifference, in an unholy combination, bishop of Canterbury, laid down with great clearness the are sapping the foundations of Justice, Right and Truth. fundamental reason why, on principle, the new judge and

Court for "putting down Ritualism ” should not be obeyed.

“I desire,” he wrote, “not to be misunderstood as recogMHE recent debate and division on the Burials' Bill is nizing any spiritual character in the Court, but only a civil

1 instructive; while, at the same time, it is sufficiently l jurisdiction, capable, indeed, of commanding compliance ominous. Under a powerful Tory Government with an under pains and penalties, but not of interpreting the laws of avowed majority of seventy, only thirty-one is the number the Church, so as to bind the consciences of Churchmen as secured by an urgent whip, in defence of the great Tory they would be bound by the decisions of a Court which had Principle of an Established Church for that is the real received its jurisdiction from the Church as well as from the point at issue. Irish and Scotch Conservatives deliberately State." Had Mr. Ridsdale consistently and steadfastly acted absented themselves. The feature of the debate, which up to this belief, and treated the new Court as one which had pleased us most, after Mr. Cross' and Mr. l'israeli's speeches, no jurisdiction, i.e., had he refused to plead, appear, or obey, was the publication of Mr. Hugo's forcible and expressive and taken the consequences; he could not possibly have been description of Dissent. Nothing could have been either more in a worse case than he is now; and he would not have true or terse; and every one (except, of course, Dissenters werkened his position by such recognition of the Court as is themselves,) must have felt and known that it was so. Neither involved (1) in pleading; (2) in obeying as to the matters on churchyards nor churches, however, can be successfully which he does not appeal; (3) in applying to the Court for a defended much longer; because Mr. Disraeli's and Archbishop | suspension of the monition; and (4) appealing to the Tait's combined policy towards High Churchmen has alienatcd Judicial Committee which stands on just the same Act-ofthousands both of clergy and laity from that political party, Parliament footing as the pseudo-Arches' Court. If the which, on mere sanitary, if not lower motives, is now defending points as to which Mr. Ridsdale determined not to appeal the Establishment : and has thrown the said Churchmen were unimportant, or seemed unimportant to him, (though we (inconsistent though they may be, in going) over to Mr. do not admit this) it would have been far better to discontinue Gladstone's side. What his side is, nobody can possibly them before the case came on for hearing; the decks should doubt. Whenever an Election occurs for Oxford University, be cleared of lumber before the action begins. We hope that balm will be poured into his wounds, and he will be most the spirit in which Mr. Ridsdale's approach towards compliance certainly returned : and then his friends the Radical | has been met by the ex-Judge of the Divorce Court, will be a Ritualists, the Puseyites (always Whigs !) and the Philoso- l warning to all who may be attacked, neither to plead before, phers and Freethinkers combined, will soon gain their point, nor to ask favours from him and his pseudo-ecclesiastical -disestablishment and disendowment. Dr. Tait's and Dean Court, but to make up their minds that there is neither Stanley's policy of a Church without Creeds,-a Happy justice nor mercy for consistent High Churchmen in these Family with the animals' claws clipped and teeth drawn, is days, and that the only way to combat the Public Worship only the bilious dream of Broad Church unbelievers, and will Regulation Act is that by which the noble-hearted Bishops never work for any length of time. Far better abolish the and Priests of Germany are combating the Falk Laws, viz., Parsons, and double the Police-force. What the more far- | by suffering under it until God arises and His enemies are seeing Dissenters hold is, of course, based on careful calcula- scattered. tions and obvious possibilities. Hear what “Mr. G. W. Latham, J.P. of Sandbach " prophetically avers to be their policy, for it is worth hearing :-The Burials' Bill question CANON CARTER'S recent letter to the Guardian will he asserted was inseparable from disestablishment, und as U have been read with interest. It was refused admission sure as the sun would rise to-morrow, so surely, in a session by the Times, though intended to correct obvious falschoods and or two, would the Bill be carried. If the clergy thought that deliberate mis-statements made in that journal. This indi

cates that the position taken up by the Canon is only too true; mass of glittering gilt,—by which every artistic excellence and that a knowledge of the truth is feared. If some of our | in effect is altogether lost. What with figures in bronze with other “great leaders," who are silently skulking in holes and a hat and feathers, and figures in brass on a prancing steed, corners, would only come out and co-operate with the Rector making an obsequious bow to the Moon, and figures like of Clewer in resisting Erastianism, some good might yet be gilt gingerbread in calm repose, we believe that, if the done. We observe,--and it is a curious and notable fact, Prince could only see these brazen absurdities in all their that the Rector's assertions and arguments are identical with hideous deformity, he would (if it were possible in his prethose of another writer on the subject of the new Court; we sent state,) go clean out of his mind. In a northern city mean the well-abused “Presbyter Anglicanus."

there is one dark bronze representation of him-poor man! -where he looks like a self-conscious but warlike nigger, in a

cocked hat and Wellington boots, sitting in a registered THE tactics pursued by Archbishop Tait with regard to stove. The energetic Mayor, who got the figure up, was

1 the last meeting of Convocation at Westminster, will knighted by the Queen at its unveiling, instead of being not bear investigation. Private disappointment and secretly- imprisoned for life, as he deserved. However, now that expressed indignation on the part of Proctors (who grumble, about sixty images have been erected, cannot some one advise and go home again,) do not always come before the public. Her Most Gracious Majesty to allow the Prince's obvious. If they did, Churchmen in general would sometimes speak virtues to be henceforward commemorated in some other out more plainly than is the case, and make their voices manner ? heard. As it is, many feeble Churchmen— trembling in abject silence—seem to act more like whipped curs than men of principle and spirit. The Archbishop is personally M HE want of a policy evidenced by the leaders of absolute as regards the Lower House, and what work it 11 the Radical Ritualists was never more obvious than now. undertakes; and by manipulating the Prolocutor and his Even their own better-instructed followers feel this sorely, assessors, he can stifle discussion; or so arrange matters when pressed, but cannot secure a hearing in public. If our that, when much good and necessary work has been done at readers desire to make out the points for themselves, let them a great cost of time and labour, the whole of the results carefully read the documents given in another page under the can be swept away and brought altogether to nought. This, head of " Indications of Current Opinions." Mr. Huff's calm as regards the Burials' Bill and the Final Court of Appeal, and argumentative retort upon the illogical assertions of a his Grace cleverly succeeded in accomplishing. The penny contemporary; and the scathing criticism of Mr. Morning Post (part of a recent article in which we quote in | Mackonochie's consistency, from the pen of a Rector, will another column) states the difficulty temperately, and puts be read with several painful and prolonged sighs. the blame on the right shoulders. If Convocation, by the Archbishop's secret action, is thus made to appear to stultify itself and render the work of its most able members wholly TT is reported, though we are unable to vouch for the impotent, the Archbishop, and not the Lower House, should 1 accuracy of the report, that a quasi-Concordat has been be properly credited with the tactics, by which such a base satisfactorily arranged between the Bishop of London and the policy becomes temporarily triumphant.

clergy of St. Alban's, Holborn,-on the basis of accepting the present and existing type of public service, as both

reasonable and moderate. If so, we hold that the exact terms A RCHBISHOP TAIT'S “ Ecclesiastical Offices' and Fees'

of the Concordat ought to be published : for they would be A Bill” is another long step in further Erastianizing the

very interesting, for instance, to the congregations of St. National Church. Under the plea of abolishing useless Matthias's South Brompton, St. Peter's, Old Gravel-lane, and offices, it really provides for the payment of our modern Tom St. Mary Magdalene's, Paddington. Cromwell—Lord Penzance—who is to receive the proceeds of the sale of new Lambeth-Office stamps. These will have to be purchased by those foolish flies who deliberately walk into A FORCIBLY-WRITTEN pamphlet, in the form of a the spider's parlour. The Bill also practically abolishes the A Letter to a Clergyman, has just reached us, somewhat ordinary jurisdiction of Archdeacons, while (as Archdeacon startlingly entitled “The Discipline of Christ and the DisciDenison points out,) it efficiently robs them right and left. pline of Devils ; " and a more seasonable or incisive producNow, however, that all Episcopal · jurisdiction has been tion we have seldom read. It is a masterly statement of the resigned and centred by “law” in the new Judge, it certainly ) situation; and specially concerns the benumbed authorities dɔes seem altogether superfluous that any inferior person, like of the E.C.U. and the Donnybrook-fair leaders of Radical an Archdeacon, should possess any. Convocation, of course, | Ritualism. It came too late for detailed comment; but shall has not been consulted by Dr. Tait-another prelatic snub, I be noticed at length in our next issue. Who may be its author which no doubt the Proctors and others will take with their we know not—but he is evidently a man of vigour, indepenusual admired humility.

dence and power.

OUR statement which follows may be denied; but we are

The Catholic Revival at Home. assured by some who ought to know, that a scheme

SUNDAY CONFERENCES.-At St. Stephen's, South Kensington, a series excogitated by Archbishop Tait and Dean Stanley, under

of Conferences are being held on Sunday afternoons. The first took high patronage, is about to be floated for the interchange of place on Sunday week, when the Rev. Malcolm MacColl spoke on the pulpits of those who may wish to make such an interchange, ** Priesthood of the Laity," and last Sunday the Rev. E. L. Cutts, on between the clergy of the Established Communions of England

“The Church in the Nation." and Scotland. At present there are some considerable legal

TAE S.P.C.K.-On Tuesday at the meeting of the S.P.C.K. Canon difficulties in the way: but the aid of Parliament is to be Girdlestone's resolution, which practically censured the Tract Committee,

and which affirmed no expression used by the Church of Rome should invoked for their removal; and no doubt, sooner or later, the

be admissible in tracts, was negatived by 52 to 14. £2,000 was granted scheme will take effect. Convocation will not be consulted, to the Diocese of Melbourne, and £500 for educational purposes to the and the wishes, likes, or dislikes of the Scotch Episcopalians Diocese of Calcutta, besides a number of other grants. will be simply ignored. When the Saturday Review and the THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN'S RETORT.--The following letter appeåred Guardian recently fell foul of the Archbishop's extraordinary iu last Saturday's Standard :-Sir,—Mr. Osborne Morgan is reported to Reunion speech in Convocation, they evidently did not in the

have animadverted on some language of mine, in his recent speech in

Parliament on the law of burial. It so happens that my words, least comprehend its purport and undercurrent. The Times,

denounced publicly by him, were little else than a translation of what in a mysterious and “communicated " leader, showed that it was said, in a similar manner, by one of the greatest Bishops of Chrisowned better information. Mr. Isambard Brunel could, if tendom in the fourth century, St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan. It is an he would, throw a little light on the subject.

honour to be censured in such company.-C. LINCOLN."

LENT LECTURES.-On Thursday the Dean of Lichfield commenced a course of Lenten lectures in the parish church of Wokingham, specially

intended for the educated classes in the town and neighbourhood. The W HAT we earnestly trust may be the last, as it certainly

title of the course is “The Service of God in Daily Life," and the Vy is the biggest and vulgarist, statue of the late Prince lectures are given at three o'clock on Thursday afternoons. The subjects Consort, has been just uncovered at Hyde Park. It is a l are—"Christians & Holy Priesthood," by the Dean of Lichfield ;

“Music," by the Rev. H. Sbute; « Conversation, its Danger and expressed at the proposal, which appears now to be abandoned, and the Responsibilities,” by Archdeacon Purey-Cust; “ Mental Culture,” by church has just undergone a thorough restoration, and has been reopened, the Master of Wellington College ; " Home Influence," by the Rev. W. the Archdeacon of London officiating on the occasion. The restoration F. Norris ; " Habits,” by the Rev. T. A. Warburton.

includes the substitution of low oak benches in place of the old high

pews, the removal of the galleries, reading desk, the clerk's desk, and THE FOLKESTONE Case. It is announced that there will be an inter

the shifting of the pulpit (which has been considerably lowered) from locutory appeal to the Privy Council in the Ridsdale case, praying for a

the south to the north side. A chancel has been formed fitted with suspension of the monition in the pseudo-Arches' Court in the case of

choir stalls, and laid with rich encaustic tiles. The altar has been raised, those things as to whicb there is an appeal. Pending the appeal Mr.

and is furnished with a pair of handsome candlesticks, cross, and vases of Ridsdale bas discontinued celebrations of the Blessed Eucharist in his

flowers. The church is rich in carved oak work, all of which has been church. In announcing this to his congregation on Sunday week he

retained, the lectern and stalls being made from it. These alterations urged them to avail themselves of the opportunity of communicating

in the fabric of the church have resulted in certain improvements in the at o ber churches, and, with several of the congregation, he went to St.

service. The choristers are now vested in surplices, the boys in purple Michael's for that purpose.

cassocks also. The service on the reopening of the church was THE BRIGHTON BRANCH OF THE E.C.U. AND THE CLIFTON COMMU choral (excepting that part of the Communion Office which follows the NION CASE.-The following resolution has been forwarded to the Bishop prayer for the Church Militant-wbich was plain, and at this point the of Chichester :-" That this meeting views with indignation and alarm choir boys were conducted out of the church by the curate), and was the judgment of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the case sung to Gregorian tones; the Canticles, as arranged by Dr. Stainer, of Jenkins v. Cook,' whereby one accused of an Ecclesiastical offence and the Psalms to Helmore's notation, the whole congregation joining has been admitted to Holy Communion by other than an Ecclesiastical most beartily in it. Bisbop Piers Claughton was the preacher, and in Court, and respectfully asks the Lord Bishop of the Diocese to take any his sermon remarked that those who were frightened to go as far as steps he may think advisable to protest against such a wresting of the the Prayer Book were spiritual cowards, whilst those who went beyond custody of the sacraments from the hands of the Church, by which the it were spiritual traitors. There is daily Matius and Evensong, short commission of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has been grossly and mid-day services on Wednesdays and Fridays, and the church is open outrageously set at naught.”

all day for private devotion. In this, as in other cases were the services CATHEDRAL ORNAMENTATION.-The Bristol correspondent of the Pall

are bright and hearty, the congregations are large. Mall Gazette, writing on the 7th inst., says:-" Another ecclesiastical

THE RECTOR OF CLAYDON SPEAKING OUT.-We call the following difficulty has occurred at Bristol. Ir the restoration works of the nave brave and true utterance from a Lecture recently delivered by the Rev. of the cathedral now going on, a new porch, the gift of Mr. Wait, M.P.,

George Drury at Ipswich :-_" What Protestant will ever promote & is being added. Over the entrance is a cluster of figures in bas-relief, to

Churchman if he can help it, and who can tell the amount of scheming which attention has been called by correspondents of the local newspapers.

that must have been practised in order to secure to their party twentyThe great objection is to one of the four figures, which represent the

four bishops out of the twenty-eight “on the bench,” nearly all of them Fathers of the Church. They are St. Jerome, St. Gregory, St. Augus

inferior men, remarkable for neither sanctity, piety, nor knowledge of tine, and St. Ambrose ; and St. Gregory is represented with a tiara, the theology, all of them party men of the most extreme colour (purple figure being, in fact, an exact counterpart of one of Pope Gregory, now black), and all patrons or encouragers of the so-called Church Associabeing erected at the new Roman Catholic Cathedral at Clifton. The tion, a joint stock persecution company for getting rid of rivals and facts having been brought to the notice of the Duan of Bristol, Dr. other objectionable persons, the principles of which are precisely similar Elliot, he bas written home from Nice, crdering the work to be stopped to those of the Society of the Assassins, founded by Hassan Sabah in the uotil his return."

• dark ages' (the end of the 11th century), but far more cowardly in the

destruction of its victims, because whereas the Assassins w A Bold CLERGYMAN.—The Bishop of Rochester, having given notice

* to yield implicit obedience to the mandates of their chiefs and without of legal proceedings against the Rev. A. Tooth, of St. James's, Hatcham, for certain “ritualistic” observances Mr. Tooth has addressed

inquiry or hesitation to plunge their daggers into the bosom of whatever

victim was pointed out to them,' there was a certain amount of danger of a Letter to the Bishop, in which he observes that he knows nothing of,

losing their own lives, but our modern Associationists, who have already and cannot acknowledge, any authority under the Public Worship

brought about the death of John Purcbas and threaten to ruin all English Regulation Act; that it is a ineasure which has never been accepted by

priests who are faithful to God and their Church become members of their the Church, and that it was hurriedly passed by the influence of the

Society without the slightest risk of life or limb, by merely sending a bishops in a “mixed parliament of every possible religion, or of no

note or cheque to the Secretary; nothing can be more easy or safe, but religion, and wholly in disregard of a resolution of the Lower House of

was there ever a more diabolical and cowardly conspiracy instituted by Convocation of Canterbury and York." In conclusion Mr. Tooth says

the malice of men ? And will not the contrivers of it as surely perish -"In reference to the papers I have received, and the proposed pro

by their own inventions, as did those of the guillotine? Moreover, these ceedings under the Public Worship Regulatiou Act, it may be well to

bishops, these guardians of the flock, in view of disestablishment, have say that I am unable to admit its jurisdiction. I feel it would be incon

been careful to obtain new or restored palaces, and a retiring pension for sistent to plead before the judge. I do not propose to defend myself

themselves, and have induced Parliament to establish a new Archiepiscopal nor to obey when condemned."

Court to eniorce upon the clergy of the National Church as law all the CHURCHES RESTORED.—The parish church of Newton-Poppleford, a private opinions of the chief archbishop, while the salary of the judge is small ancient edifice, built in the fourth year of Edward III. by Hugh paid by the victims themselves.” Courtenay, Earl of Devon, has undergone a much-needed restoration. MR. HINGSTON-RANDOLPH, RECTOR OF RINGMORE, ON THE NEW LAMBETH The building has beeu lengthened some twenty feet. The east window

COURT.- We quote the following because of its inherent excellence:is the gift of the vicar's wise, and represents the Crucifixion. In the “What is this Court? Poor Lord Penzance evidently felt a little queer tower, or west window, are figures representiog St. Luke (to whom the when he found himself about to deliver judgment. So he made a sort church is dedicated) and St. John, the gift of the vicar, the Rev. Reginald of apology for himself and for his position. It is no new court, he tells Worth. The organ is the gift of two clergymen. On the day of re

us: it is still the old Court of Arches, the only difference being that opening the clergy and choir walked in procession to the church singing

| they have made a bogie' carriage, by joining two courts, York and hymus; the service was choral, and the Bishop of Exeter was the Canterbury, together, and have greased the rusty old wheels well, so as to preacher.—The parish church of St. Andrew, Turvin, a parish where go comfortably round the sharp curves which tried the old-fashioned much fighting took place between the Royalist and parliamentary troops, engines so abominably. So it is not a new court! All I can say is has been restored and reopened. A striking feature of the church is the that the hands may be the hands of Esau, but the voice is Jacob's voice! tower, the depths of the window and doorways being about three feet.

| I am under the impression that the last Dean of the Arches, Phillimore The parish churches of Summerton and Gainsborough have been restored by name, died (judicially) because his court died. And as to the 'exand reopened, the former by the Bishop of Oxford, the latter by the Divorce Judge (as you very properly call him), and his • Apologia,' Archdeacon of Stow.

all I can say is that when I had finished reading it, I said to THE CLIFTON COMMUNION CASE.-The Privy Council having decided

myself Qui s'excuse s'accuse!' And I imagine that most plainthat the Rev. Flavel Cook, Rector of Christ Church, Clifton, acted

dealing Englishmen will be of opinion that the Court was really wrongly in refusing the Communion to one of his parishioners, named

created by the Act, as it certainly never existed before; and that Jenkins, who had denied the Personality of the Devil, Mr. Cook has

it is part of the machinery prepared, under Mr. Disraeli's patronage, resigned his living rather than communicate one whom he con

for putting down Ritualism. The fact that the Archbishops of siders an Unbeliever. The living is in the hands of the Simeon

Canterbury and York have appointed the new Judge, under the proTrustees. Mr. Jenkins has since received the Blessed Sacrament from

visions of the Act, only makes matters worse. For, whatever it ought Mr. Cook's curate. The Rev. A. D. Wagner, Vicar of St. Paul's, Brighton,

to be, or whatever it may be hereafter, it is certain that, now, our Constipreaching at the district parish church, referred to this case. He said he

tution is a Constitution in Church and State;' and I am quite unable deplored the power of the Privy Council to interfere in matters of faith

to see that a Court can be constitutionally created, against the formal and doctrine, admired the conduct of a clergyman who preferred to resign

protest, and, therefore, of course, entirely without the concurrence, of his living rather than conform to the judgment of such an authority, and

an integral part of the Constitution. The Church is not represented in hoped that any one similarly circumstanced would emulate such an

the Constitution by such Bishops as happen for the time being to have example. On the other hand, the Rev. Dr. Irons, in a sermon expla

seats in the House of Lords, still less by a couple of Archbishops; but Datory of the Commination Service, expressed his opinion that Mr. Cook

by her own Convocations, in which her prelates have their own proper had acted wrongly in the matter. It was only to notorious evil livers

place, and apart from which they have no business to join in, still less to the parish priest was to refuse Communion, he had nothing to do with

initiate legislation in her name. Lord Penzance, therefore, may rest the private opinions held by individuals. He deplored that clergymen

satisfied that, whatever he may say, the majority of sound English Churchwere not better informed on these points, remarking that had Mr. Cook

men will regard him as a new Judge of a new Court, the erection of which been properly instructed by his Bishop when he was being prepared for

is a direct invasion of the liberties of the Church by the temporal power, the priesthood he would have saved himself, his family, and the Church

aggravated exceedingly, instead of palliated, by the complicity of certain generally much anxiety and distress.

Lords over God's heritage. As to Mr. Disraeli's share in the business,

he is probably sorry enough for it by this time; but I can promise him ST. MARY WOOLNOTH. For some time past the Post Office authorities that we shall beither forgive it nor forget it till he has repented and have been trying to effect a purchase of this church, with the adjoining | publicly recanted. The clergy worked hard for him at the last General rectory (which they now rent at a sum of £1,000 a year), in order to Election, and voted for him almost to a man; he must not expect us to erect on the site a large branch office. Much dissatisfaction has been do it again ! ”

FRAGMENTA.-The Lord Chancellor has presented the Rev. E. J. A. of May, 1872, welcomed Don Carlos at the frontier, and proclaimed him FitzRoy, editor of the John Bull, to the living of Abberton, Essex. It their king, did not constitute a force exactly calculated to inspire a very is worth about £400 per annum.— The Bishop of Salisbury has con- | lively faith in the result of their enterprise. But when it is rememveped a general Synod of his Diocese to be held in the Chapter House bered that, thanks to the personal qualities of Don Carlos himself, to the un April 27th and 28th.–We hear that the Denbigh reredos case will skill of his generals, and to the admirable devotion of his people, this come on for hearing almost immediately in the pseudo-Arches' Court.-A little band had within four years grown into an army of 100,000 men; successful Mission has been held at Northampton and Lincoln, the that the provinces occupied by them enjoyed all the advantages of a attendance of men of all classes being very remarkable. The Bishops of regularly organised administration, and possessed two military schools, Peterborough and Lincoln have taken a personal part in them.-In the several manufactories of arms, and a mint for coining money, it is difficult Diocese of Gloucester and Bristol po prosecution under the P.W.R.A. to understand how a cause which made such rapid progress, and in so has as yet taken place. This appears to have displeased the Bishop, and short a space of time realised such immense results, can fairly be described he has accordingly issued a ('ommission to inquire into any excess of as a hopeless adventure. I venture to maintain, on the contrary, that so Ritual practised in churches in his Diocese with a view to the prosecution long as the Government of Marshal MacMahon observed a strict of some unfortunate victim. It is hoped thus to bring within the clutches neutrality between the contending parties, King Charles VII. and his of the ex-Judge of the Divorce Court a clergyman whose church is advisers were justified in nourishing more than a hope, almost a certainty, largely attended by a fashionable congregation, where the alms are of ultimate success. But when the French Government applied itself in Jiberal, and the services frequent and hearty.- The Rev. Harry Jones, earnest to the task of stopping the Carlist supplies of provisions and Rector of St. George's-in-the-East, in giving notice of the services to be ammunition at the frontier, furnishing at the same time ammunition and held in his church on Ash-Wednesday, stated that the Commination provisions to the Liberal troops, and when, finally, the latter were allowed Service would be used, and added, “ It is a Service I utterly detest." to pass on French territory, and thus to surround in overwhelming A lady has offered £10,000 for the endowment of the proposed Bishopric numbers the gallant army which for nearly four years bad held them at of Liverpool.- In most Cathedrals the alms given at the offertory are bay, then hope vanished indeed, and had Don Carlos continued the disgracefully small, but such is not the case at Lichfield Cathedral, where struggle for another day, he might have merited the reproach of causing considerably over £2,000 is collected every year, and various charities useless bloodshed which the tone of your article implies throughout. But are thus liberally aided.— The Dean of Norwich is concluding the series he did not do so. It may be said that Don Carlos ought to have foreof “ Lectures on the Lord's Prayer" on the Tuesday evenings in Lent, seen what would happen, and this is, perhaps, true, but surely a young which he commenced in St. Paul's Cathedral last year. Each service and chivalrous prince may be pardoned for haviug judged others by consists of a collect, one hymn, the lecture, the Miserere, and the final himself, and for having believed in the solemn promise which was part of the Commination Service, altogether occupying about one hour. made to him that under no circumstances would the Alfonsist troops The aged Dean of Bangor is seriously ill. Faint hopes are entertained be allowed to cross French territory. Had this promise been kept, of bis recovery - The Bishop of Winchester has finally left “Winchester Don Carlos, instead of being an exile in London, would have been House." St. James's-square, which is now empty and unsold.—The Rev. now at the head of his army, not, in all probability, fighting his J. P. Kane is preaching a very powerful suries of Lenten sermons on way to Madrid, but maintaining his position in the Northern Provinces, Sunday mornings at All Saints, Lambeth.- The Rev. Sydney Turner, where he might have continued to reign as King until such time as some who some three months ago was appointed to succeed Dr. McNeile in new revolution in the capital should bring the whole Spanish natiou the Deanery of Ripon, has been compelled to resign in consequence of to his feet. ill-health.

History will certainly tell that Don Carlos was vanquished not by

Don Alfonso, but by Marshal MacMahon and his government, and OXFORD NOTES.

history will also tell how France had afterwards reason to bless the Dames of those who thus aided to rivet along the Pyrenean frontier the

jron chain with which Germany is surrounding her, a chain forged by (From our Correspondent.)

OXFORD, Monday.

German military skill, and paid for with German gold, but whose

disconnected links have been united by French diplomacy! One of the principal topics of discussion here just now is, of course,

The triumph of the Alfonsist cause is the triumph of Germany and Lord Salisbury's new scheme of University Reform. Great fault is found with various points in the Bill, and petitions against them are being

the triumph of the Revolution. With the personal piety of the young organized. In some quarters the chief fear seems to be that the Bill

prince who for the present occupies the throne of Spain I have nothing will be too Conservative in its operation. The points to which special

to do, but I would like to remind those who build up bopes upon it, that exception is taken are the exemption of Headships from the operation

the personal piety of Queen Isabella and her mother, Queen Christina, of the Bill, the length of time allowed to the Coinmission, the numbers

were powerless to stem the revolutionary torrent which had carried them and authority of the Commissioners to be appointed by the several

to the summit of power. These Catholic sovereigns were compelled to

take part in acts of anti-Catholic legislation which bore a striking resemcolleges, and the general vagueness of the provisions of the Bill through

blance to those proceedings which have more recently, in Italy and out. The suggestion made by your contemporary, the Guardian, in

Germany, excited so much just indignation. The law of 1836, by which favour of including education amongst the objects to be kept in view

the regular orders were entirely suppressed, and that of 1841 (not carried by the Commissioners, meets with very general approval. But in Con

out in toto till 1855), by which the whole property of the secular clergy servative circles it is felt that it would be most desirable that colleges

was confiscated, will suffice to give the measure of the intensely Conshould be encouraged to make such a use of their funds as may be gene

servative and Catholic spirit” by which your article would give us to rally beneficial to the University by the creation of Professorships or

| understand that the Alfonsist party is animated. But without going other offices within their own societies. Conservatives are, however, strongly of opinion that funds are not to be diverted from the separate

| back to the past, surely the present is eloquent enough, and the howl of

exultation which is now being raised by the whole revolutionary and corporations and paid over to the University chest.

anti-Christian Press throughout the world, from the Times in all its glory The title proposed for Her Majesty, of "Empress of India," is viewed with very general dislike by historical students; and the prospect of

down to the lowest mouth-piece of the Revolution in Brussels or Geneva,

is a sufficient proof that in the defeat of Don Carlos the Church has hearing it recited in the Bidding Prayer at St. Mary's bas been especially animadverted upon by oue of no mean historical reputation in the

received another heavy blow, and the Revolution achieved another

triumph. There is nothing suprising in this general cry of jubilation, University.

but I must with all deference, and in all courtesy, ask you to allow me Oxford is feeling very hopeful as to her prospects in the boat race. The

to say that as a Catholic Englishman I am intensely astonished and turn in the tide of her fortunes coincided with the Conservative reaction.

deeply deplore that such a chorus should be swelled by the voice of the May both of these continue to flow side by side for many years to come!

leading organ of the English Catholics. I cannot but trust that the Mr. D. Plunket Barton, of Corpus, the Secretary of the (Tory) Can

attitude taken up by your paper is the result of a misapprehension, and ning Club, and the recognized leader of the Conservative party at the

that when his Majesty King Charles VII. again unfurls, as he one day Union, was last week elected Treasurer of the Vuion Society by an over.

will, his flag inscribed with the words “Dios, Patria y Rey," the Tablet whelming majority.

will be found on his side, mindful that its own motto is “Pro Ecclesia Yesterday (Sunday) the Lord Bishop of Derry and Raphoe (the Right Rev. Dr. Alexander) delivered the first of his Bampton Lectures. His

Dei, pro Rege et Patria."-I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient

servant, lordship's discourse, the text of which was taken from Ps. xxii., was

Paris, 7th March, 1876. most eloquent, and was listened to by an overflowing congregation. His

St. ASAPH. lordsbip stated that the subject of the Bampton Lectures for this year would be " The Witness of the Psalms to Christianity.” In the after N OTICE.-THE Pilot may be had, on order, at any of Messrs. uoon Dr. Gifford, of St. John's College, Cambridge, preached an

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